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Metro Vascular Centers Discuss Foods That Can Improve Your Circulation

Poor circulation can lead to a number of health problems. Fortunately, you can improve your circulation by following a healthy diet. There are several things that you can do in order to improve your circulation.

Blackberries

The doctors at Metro Vascular Centers recommend that you eat a lot of blackberries. The blackberries help purify the blood. They also help the body create new red blood cells. You can put blueberries in your cereal. You can also put them in your yogurt.

Oranges

Oranges and other citrus fruits are filled with vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the formation of new blood vessels. Vitamin C also helps reduce the formation of plaque. If plaque builds up in the arteries, then it can interfere with blood circulation.

There are many vitamin C supplements on the market. However, it is best for you to get your vitamin C from food. If you eat plenty of citrus fruits, then you will be getting the vitamin C that you need.

Fish

Fish is high in omega 3 fatty acids. This is a nutrient that helps improve blood circulation. Omega 3 fatty acids also help protect the heart.

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is made from the seed of the cocoa tree. It has some of the most potent antioxidants in the world. Dark chocolate is made up of about 70 percent cocoa. It is also lower in sugar and fat than regular chocolate.

The antioxidants in dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and improve circulation. However, even though dark chocolate is good for you, you will still need to limit the amount that you consume per day. You will reap the most benefits if you enjoy this treat in moderation.

Garlic

Garlic is a spice that will add flavor to any dish that you have. It also acts as a natural blood thinner. That is why you can clear up clogged arteries by adding garlic to your routine.

Watermelons

Lycopene is one of the antioxidants in the watermelon. It can stop plaque from building up.

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E also helps promote healthy circulation. Other sources of vitamin E include pumpkin seeds, nuts and olives.

Debunking Myths about Drinks on Keto

Traditionally, drinks are considered to be one of the main sources of carbohydrates in our diet. Putting aside sweetened soft drinks, even fruit juices are filled with so much sugar that they increase your chances of accumulating fat, while at the same time making it difficult for your body to turn into ketosis. Concerning unsweetened tea or coffee, they contain caffeine and cannot be treated as healthy ones so it seems there are not so many allowed beverages. Keto diet is considered to be a strict diet limiting consumed carbohydrates, but does it mean you are allowed to live on water alone? Let’s see our alternatives:

Party Drinks

What happens if you are invited to a party? Should you just bring a bottle of water and glance enviously at those who can have as many glasses of wine as they want?

As it turns out alcohol on keto is acceptable as long as you don’t splurge on the most fattening ones. You can have light beer, unsweetened wines (dry red and white wine), or spirits (gin, vodka, or whiskey), but make sure you consume them in moderation. Alcohol is still damaging to the body and there’s a chance it will affect you faster due to the restriction of carbs.

Black Coffee

Luckily for many of keto dieters, you don’t have to give up your daily cup of coffee! Black coffee is free of calories, but when you add sugar, cream, milk or other sweeteners, it can turn into a caloric bomb. So, if you can take it black, you are safe to drink up to 400mg of caffeine per day (according to the Mayo Clinic).

Diet Soda

While not recommended, diet soda is a good fit for the keto diet because it doesn’t have sugar or calories. However, diet soda has artificial sweeteners that stimulate the same taste buds as sugar, thus maintaining the craving for sweets.

Moreover, some of these artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin response or blood glucose, which contributes to storing fats. So, it would be best if you limit the consumption of these beverages as much as possible.

They are helpful in a moment of weakness when you’re craving something sweet, but they are damaging consumed on a daily basis.

Kombucha

For those of you who don’t know this, Kombucha is a fermented tea. It starts sweet and ends up tasting like vinegar because of the added culture of bacteria and yeast that lead to the fermentation process.

Now, since it starts sweet, it is natural to wonder about it being keto-friendly. The secret to enjoying a healthy dose of Kombucha is to know how it was prepared in the first place. Basically, the fermentation process that lasts several weeks, is supported by the initial sugary drink. The added bacteria will feed on it while creating this elixir with a hint of vinegar. So, at the end of this journey, the resulted drink is low in sugar and keto-friendly (but in moderation).

However, in commerce, you may find versions of kombucha that contain flavors and fruits, to hide the vinegary scent and taste. Well, this version is not keto-friendly, and you should stay away from it.

Wrap Up

As you see, there are a lot of keto alternatives to the commonly consumed beverages. So there is no need to limit yourself in drink choices on a keto diet be it a homemade lemonade or a low carb soda on a market’s shelf. Just be careful and read labels attentively.

What to Serve at a Child’s Birthday Party

Being a parent is all about striking a balance. Sometimes, that balance seems impossible. Take nutrition, for instance. You know your child needs certain nutrients, but you also know that it’s not realistic to expect them to eat nothing but fruits and vegetables. You want them to grow up without dreading mealtimes, and you definitely don’t want to pass on any of your own food issues to your kids. You can work with your doctor to develop a plan that makes sense, but it’s also OK to let loose sometimes. One of those times is during your child’s birthday. Here’s how to serve celebratory food without going too far overboard.

Talk to Other Parents

Ideally, you should perform this step while you’re still putting together the guest list. Peanut-free schools are controversial, but they still exist. If your child attends such a school, it’s possible you’ll run into parents who also believe that every single party they attend should also be free of peanuts and other common allergens. It’s up to you to decide if that makes sense for your particular party. You should be as accommodating as possible to other parents within reason. If a parent tells you that their child is allergic to 27 different things and asks you not to serve any of them, you’re under no obligation to do so. It’s highly unlikely that a child who is allergic to eggs will die if they’re in the same room as mayonnaise.


On the other hand, it is nice to serve a menu that’s as inclusive as possible. Don’t go over your budget just to buy food for Fiona the Vegetarian, but serving a few vegetarian options is a kindness if you can manage it. You should feel no guilt if you want to rent a hotdog cart, since most kids love hot dogs. And there’s no reason you can’t also include a few meat-free side dishes. If you feel like grilling up a meat substitute, that’s up to you. Remember that at the end of the day, it’s other parents’ job to see to their own child’s particular dietary needs.

Make the Food Match the Theme

Don’t feel guilty about serving cupcakes, hot dogs, and other delicious goodies. But you should look for ways to incorporate the larger party theme into the food that’s served. Let’s go back to the hot dog cart. A hot dog cart works great for a baseball-themed party, as hot dogs are the quintessential baseball food. You can serve the hot dogs on baseball-themed dinnerware. If you really feel like going all out, you can even wear a baseball uniform as you hand out the food.

Make sure to develop any theme in consultation with your child. That doesn’t mean they have free reign to throw any type of birthday party they want. If that were the case, then there would no doubt be a lot more birthday parties centered around gross things like Eating Candy Off the Ground. There’s no need to go that far. But if your child has a healthy hobby like sports or movies, feel free to add a few extra touches via both food and decor.

If they like Star Wars, for instance, you can decorate the house with Star Wars banners and photos. You can hand out toy lightsabers. When you order the cake, you can make sure it has “May the Force Be With You” written on it in icing. But there’s a fine line between spoiling your child a little and spoiling your child a lot. They shouldn’t eat so much cake that they barf or get a stomachache, for instance. A little indulgence is good for the soul, but too much of it makes everybody miserable.

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